Spadework is always looking for people to come along and help out, perhaps for a few regular hours each week or for people that cannot commit to this, perhaps the occasional fundraising event.



There are lots of different activities to get involved in, some people like to work directly alongside Trainees and staff, whereas other people prefer to help at events such as our monthly Farmers’ Market or work in the café, farm shop or garden centre at weekends.

Some of the opportunities we currently have available:

Monday to Friday

  • Working with Trainees on our vegetable patch
  • Support Trainees to record their personal achievements.
  • Working in the plant nursery and garden centre
  • Helping in art and crafts
  • Playing cards and board games at lunch time
  • Helping Trainees to clear away after lunch and at tea breaks.

At Weekends

  • Helping at our Farmers’ markets on the second Saturday of the month and our Summer and Christmas Fairs
  • Watering the plants in the garden centre in the Summer months
  • Helping at some of our social events.

If you think you might be interested, please contact Spadework to discuss the available opportunities and what might be right for you.

What is it like being a Volunteer?

My story

“Welcome to Spadework!  Becoming a volunteer all starts with three of the Trainees interviewing you to find out how you will be able to help us as a volunteer.

“After taking early retirement from an acting headship in a local primary school I wanted to keep active and was looking to work in a different environment.  I got the job and I have been a volunteer in horticulture since 2012.  Although I have no formal training in horticulture I am a keen amateur gardener.  I enjoy working with the Trainees, preparing plants for sale, checking stock, making displays, advising customers and generally helping as required.  We also make log deliveries and go apple picking as well as preparing for Farmers Markets and Spadework Fairs.

“As a member of East Malling Singers I have helped to organise a small group performance of carols at successive Spadework Christmas Fairs.

“Volunteers have regular ‘staff meetings’ to keep up to date with developments and I have been fortunate enough to facilitate small group Trainee Council meetings.

“There is such a friendly and supportive atmosphere at Spadework and I feel really valued as a member of this community.”

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